Mayor Bloomberg is going daffy and taking the whole city with him. That's daffy as in daffodil, of course. The mayor announced yesterday that the hardy spring posy "has been named the official flower of New York City."
Hizzoner to city: Yo, here's yer flower
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said the idea of making the daffodil the city's official flower arose after 9/11, when Hans van Waardenburg of the Dutch company B&K Flowerbulbs asked if there was anything he could do to help the city.
Benepe and leaders of New Yorkers for Parks, a nonprofit parks support group, quickly agreed that planting tens of thousands of daffodil bulbs throughout New York would be a perfect symbol of spiritual and physical rebirth.